Eastern welcomes new faculty members


Wilburton, OK (Aug. 29, 2014) - Three new faculty members have joined the staff at Eastern Oklahoma State College and are teaching classes this fall. 

Kellye Semeski, an Eastern alumnus, is teaching computer information systems (CIS). Semeski has been an adjunct professor for Eastern for nine years, teaching computer applications at the McAlester campus.  She earned a master’s degree in technology education from East Central University and previously taught technology engineering for McAlester Public Schools. Semeski began her career teaching web mastering and computer application courses at Centennial High School in Frisco, Tex. Semeski’s husband, Jason, is also an EOSC alumnus and they have a six-year-old daughter, Kynlee.

Crystal Ahrens is an instructor for the Agriculture Department where she will teach animal science. In addition to teaching, Ahrens also serves as a Livestock Judging Coach. After obtaining her bachelor of science degree in agriculture, food and life science from the University of Arkansas, Ahrens went to graduate school at Tarleton State University. At Tarleton, she received her master’s degree in agriculture and did research on the effects of mechanical tenderization on meat. Ahrens was a teaching assistant at Tarleton and was later an instructor at Garden City Community College. At Garden City, she was an animal and food science instructor and organized weekly training courses with business and community leaders.

Dr. Jennifer Edwards is teaching English in the Language, Humanities and Education Department. Dr. Edwards is a recent graduate of Oklahoma State University where she earned a Ph.D. in English. She also served as the associate editor of the literary journal “The Cimarron Review.” Previously, she earned her master’s degree in English and bachelor’s in English and French from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio from where she hails originally.

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